Opposition leader Kizza Besigye says he will not allow President Yoweri Museveni to be sworn in after “losing” 2016 general elections.
Besigye who got 35 percent of the total vote against Museveni’s 60 percent says he was not given an opportunity to challenge the president’s victory in court.
“Everything that could be done was done to disable, not only me but FDC party. We were unable to challenge the outcome in court,” Besigye said while appearing on NBS television Wednesday.
Besigye says given that he was frustrated from petitioning the Supreme Court, “the electoral process was fundamentally violated”.
“No one is conclusively elected unless process of petitioning Supreme Court is allowed.”
Besigye clarified that after being stopped from petitioning court, opposition has resolved to stage the May 5 protest that will involve a procession from FDC offices along Entebbe road to Nakivubo Blue primary school.
The demonstrations will also run countrywide aimed at pushing for the auditing of the elections and stopping Museveni’s inauguration.
“Mr Museveni has no qualifications to be sworn in. It should be the task of Ugandans to stop him.”
He added: “Our purpose is not to stop the swearing in but to establish who should be sworn in. That is why we recommend an independent audit.”
He said the core underlying fact is that the electoral process was disintegrated.
“We were stopped from doing what was critical (petitioning).”
He said President Museveni didn’t come to power through constitutional means.
“He came by violating constitutional means. That didn’t make his efforts illegal.”
Besigye noted that there is a fundamental contestation regarding the outcome of the 2016 elections.
“What Mr Badru Kiggundu [Electoral Commission chairman] announced is being contested.”
He says the nationwide peaceful demonstration on May 5 is to call for an independent internationally-monitored audit.
“We are not saying that if we have an audit and are found not to be the winners, we will insist that we are winners.”
“We won the election and are prepared to form government. If the stalemate continues, we shall proceed and form one.”